Norwegian Report: What World Leaders Must Do at Berlin II Conference on Libya – Al Marsad

A news report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) sheds light on the position of aid groups operating in Libya, and in relation to addressing the Libyan crisis at the Berlin II conference.

(LIBYA, 22 June 2021) – The report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) quotes aid groups that emphasize that world leaders should seize the opportunity represented by the convening of the Berlin II conference to make continuous commitments to meet the humanitarian needs of a population that has not known peace for more than a decade.

“Stability will not be achieved in the country just by holding elections or withdrawing foreign fighters, and real stability can only be achieved if the lives of ordinary Libyans and the many migrants and refugees in the country are reconstructed,” said Dax Roque, director of the NRC’s branch in Libya.

Rocky adds: “High-level discussions will be insufficient if they do not also address the destruction of people’s lives and the very infrastructure on which they depend day after day.”

A displaced person from the city of Benghazi said: “The first thing we need from the international community is peace, security and safety.” He continued: “But even if we were able to return to our homes, they have been destroyed, and the little aid we received is used for food and rent; that is not enough to rebuild my house.”

At the same time the director of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Libya, Liam Kelly, says: “Recurring armed conflict has left a legacy of explosive remnants of war that will take years to clear to allow people to safely return to their homes and livelihoods, and there have been at least 250 casualties since May 2020, many of them likely undocumented.”

Kelly adds: “Ten years of instability have taken a heavy toll on the country’s population, and international assistance to Libya is failing to keep pace with the humanitarian needs on the ground.”

In addition, the director of the Libya branch of Action Against Hunger, Sami Kasabi, says: “Estimates indicate that more than a million people have urgent health needs.”

Kasabi continues: “With only half of its health facilities operating, the Libyan health system is suffering from excessive stress and is struggling to respond to the basic health needs of the population, and in the midst of the Corona pandemic, health care services must be strengthened more than ever.”

Director of the Libya Branch of the International Rescue Committee, Tom Garofalo, says: “The foundations of Libya’s recovery are very fragile, and international leaders must seize the Berlin 2 conference to meet the immediate humanitarian needs and the long-term needs of all, because failure to do so will undermine the stability that this conference is looking for.

“Failure will leave hundreds of thousands of people struggling to cope with the potentially decades-long task of rebuilding their lives,” Garofalo adds, as aid groups warned that humanitarian needs in Libya would not simply disappear even if momentum continued on the political front.

The organizations have drawn attention to the importance of ensuring the rights of displaced migrants in the country, who constitute an important part of the Libyan economy. This could play a more central role in Libya’s stability, because neglecting to address these issues will undoubtedly threaten the sustainability of any progress made in the Berlin process.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)

 

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